Interesting Article about 2002 McDonald's All-Americans
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Class of 2002 a cautionary tale for today's All-Americans

It was tabbed as one of the most powerful groups in years, stacked with just about everything you could ask for -- talented big men, quality point guards, big-time shooters and athletic wings.

The McDonald's All-American Class of 2002.

However, it's a decade later and only a handful could be found occupying NBA rosters last season.

Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Chris Bosh and J.J. Redick.

Yes, that's it.

"Are you serious?" Redick said when informed there were only five NBA guys. "That is nuts. No way."

"Those numbers are alarming," added former UNC star Sean May, who spent last year in Turkey. "We had one of the best high school classes ever."

It serves as a cautionary tale to the youth of today, those who sit high atop the rankings and are coddled by coaches, shoe company executives as well as agents and runners.
Link: Class of 2002 a cautionary tale for today's All-Americans - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com


Here's the list of the 2002 All-Americans: 2002 McDonald's All-Americans: Where are they now? - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com

Personally I remember these guys had NBA potential (most were drafted): Jason Fraser, Paul Davis, Sean May, DeAngelo Collins, Shavlik Randolph, Anthony Roberson, Dee Brown, Hassan Adams, Sean Dockery, Elijah Ingram, Rashad McCants, Bracey Wright

Full Roster: http://statsheet.com/bhsb/mcdonalds_...ican_team/2002

Lenny Cooke didn't play in the game (academic reasons) but he was in the same class. He had crazy hype in high school.

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Bracey Wright was one of my favorite players to watch in all of college basketball. Other than McCants, it's pretty clear why most of these guys didn't make it.: Davis and Randolph were stiffs, Dee Brown is a shrimp, Wright and Adams are also undersized, Mallomar May has a sweet tooth, Roberson and Dockery were both rather underwhelming as athletes and floor generals. Nostalgic, nonetheless.
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Hassan Adams was an All-American?! That means I've still got a shot!
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Hassan Adams was an All-American?! That means I've still got a shot!
Hassan has something that you don't have.

Which is SWAG:


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Hassan has something that you don't have.

Which is SWAG:

Hassan Adams 2002 Slam Jam - YouTube
Whoa, hey now, this batman has swagger for days, my friend.

Although my towel waving skills will never measure up to Hassan's.

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That's why I never fall for high school hype, sometimes even NCAA. Everyone's going nuts about Andrew Wiggins being ranked number 1 for his age now, and I'm just like, let's wait for college. Don't get me wrong, I want the kid to succeed, but i don't think people should being going nuts over high school players.
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That's why I never fall for high school hype, sometimes even NCAA. Everyone's going nuts about Andrew Wiggins being ranked number 1 for his age now, and I'm just like, let's wait for college. Don't get me wrong, I want the kid to succeed, but i don't think people should being going nuts over high school players.
I'm a Kyrie Irving hater... I'll admit it. I think it's ridiculous for people to compare him to Chris Paul after he played like 12 NCAA games. I'm guessing he's going to be an average NBA PG and will be surprised if he turns out to be an all-star. It's obviously too early to speculate all of this but the hype is unreal... Kyrie hasn't proved anything.

Since he's playing for the Cavs I'm sure he'll get "good" stats but what does it mean if the team wins 20-something games? Haters gonna hate.
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